While just in Florence, Italy, for a mere 12 hours, I decided to expose my inner equestrian. I have not actually mounted a horse in years, however, something deep inside made me want to look like I had just strutted down the Hermes runway show, 12 years ago. My mood was orange’s, reds….. and due to special circumstances, I had no choice to pair what I had with my black motorcycle boots. One word of advice: make sure you arrive to your international flight one hour in advance or they do not allow you to check luggage. Truth. This happened. So, black motor cycle boots and all, I went all out. Maybe I was feeling more fashionable than ever because it also happened to be men’s fashion week, called Pitti Uomo.
The following morning, I woke up before my flight to hit up my favorite vintage shop, which to my disappointment, unfortunately had closed, so I went to two other’s I had frequented in my past trip’s. I ended up walking away with just one Yves Saint Laurent plaid sick jacket, polo-esque, for 140 euros (post negotiating), and voila, considering the weather, I ended up bagging my Loro Piana and just strutting with my new YSL blazer that is kinda too small, but I like it that way. Blazer is pictured in le selfie to the right.
Here is my inclusive guide on how to conquer Firenze in just under a day.
Breakfast-Coffee? I recommend Cafe Gilli in Piazza Republica. Get a coffee at the bar, and enjoy a croissant, Italian style = standing.
Shop: Do you like the hunt like me? Epoca Vintage is where I scored my Yves jacket, and they had plenty more where that came from. With a mix of brands like Gucci, Roberta di Camerino, Pucci (yes, Pucci originated in Firenze!), Valentino and no name items that are super chic, so basically, there is something for everybody. They also have men’s too. Located on Via dei Fossi, 6, 50123 in the city center, it is just a hop skip and jump away from another gem right off the Ponte Vecchio.
Boutique Nadine defines a curated shop, even merchandised beautifully. Located at Lungarno Acciaiuoli 22r, literally on the river, each item in the shop is definitely selected and not just dumped on a rack and the boutique boasts a women’s clothing collection that was designed by the owner.
No budget? I have been a client of Luisa Via Roma since I was in my teen’s. A concept store with collaborations galore and brands like Zuhair Murad, Elie Saab, Roger Vivier and Jimmy Choo, but not your average buy. Located Via Roma, 19/21r across from the duomo, it is beyond very tasteful.
Want your feet to fit in? Stop by Hogan, where they have some of the most sleek sneaks on the market. I am truly not into the doctor ala 1900 looking one’s, but the hi-tops and the XXX model’s are not only comfy, but haute and not all over the USA. We approve of this! Via dè Tornabuoni, 97.
Want some great deals? I must say, in the past, I have majorly scored here. I didn’t have time to make it this trip, but Bottega Veneta and La Perla have locations here. You will thank me later. If you have enough time, hire a driver to go to the outlets, ‘The Mall,’ or just take their bus?
Before dinner, grab drinks at the Hotel Savoy. I love the bar here and you can sit outside as well in any season. Exposed in the summer’s and heaters in the winter, there is some major incredible people watching and great cocktails to enjoy.
Hungry? A local once told my mother about a local’s restaurant called Coco Lezione. Approximately, 15 years later, I still go back. Their ribbollita (Tuscan bread – vegetable soup) is SO amazing, I had one bite and broke my gluten free diet. Believe. Their artichokes are heavenly, the roast beef is next level and if you like pasta, their truffle pasta and rigatoni bolognese is just wow. They are opened for both lunch and dinner, and FYI, this is not fancy, which makes it much more desirable in my humble opinion.
Need a room? I love both the Hotel Savoy and Villa Cora. In the mood for city? The Savoy is your best bet. Located in the center, steps away from the duomo and every major shop, this Rocco Forte managed property is owned by the Ferragamo family. Craving a villa? Villa Cora is in the Tuscan hills, a few miles outside of Florence. Decadent yet private, this property once hosted a Prada runway presentation. They also have a pool that comes in handy during warmer seasons. The landscaping is superb, and the Annick Goutal products in the rooms are custom made for the property and the spa uses/has a shop full of products ala Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella. Also, I think if you want to have a gorgeous destination wedding, this could be your go-to. Don’t believe me? Just go see for yourself.